How to generate and export disabled users report

The following is a comparison between obtaining a disabled users report with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to get disabled users report using get aduser cmdlet in PowerShell:

  • Identify the domain from which you want to retrieve the report.
  • Identify the LDAP attributes you need to fetch the report
  • Identify the primary DC to retrieve the report.
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.
  • The report will be exported in the given format.
  • To obtain the report in a different format, modify the script accordingly to the needs of the user.

Sample Windows PowerShell script

import-module activedirectory
$OutFile = 'C:\Scripts\DisabledUsers.csv' 
# your output file
$filter = {Enabled -eq $false}
Get-ADUser -Filter $filter 
| foreach {Add-Content -path 
$OutFile "$($_.SamAccountName),
Click to copy entire script

ADManager Plus

To obtain the report,

  • Select Disabled Users from User reports section.
  • Select domain and OU. Click Generate. 
  • Select Export as and choose from the drop-down list to obtain the report in the preferred format (CSV, PDF, HTML, CSVDE and XLSX).


Export disabled Active Directory users to CSV using ADManager Plus

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Following are the limitations to obtain report of disabled user accounts using native tools like Windows PowerShell:

  • We can run this script only from the computers which has Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • Adding even minor details to the report—such as adding additional attributes—require scripts to be modified and executed again, which is time-consuming.
  • Exporting a report in a specific format requires a script to be modified accordingly, which increases the complexity of the scripts.
  • Troubleshooting is not easy in case of errors.

ADManager Plus has incorporated 'Disabled Users' feature in the User Reports for easy access to this report.

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